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Sunday, 22 September, 2002, 05:36 GMT 06:36 UK
Bracken to support Grewcock
Kyran Bracken (left) is tackled by Danny Grewcock
Grewcock hurt Bracken in a club match
Saracens captain Kyran Bracken will appear at Danny Grewcock's RFU appeal hearing in a bid to clear the Bath forward's name.

Grewcock was given a 35-day ban on Tuesday for kicking Bracken during the Zurich Premiership match between the two sides earlier this month.

England scrum-half Bracken has already insisted in the press that the matter was an accident.

And on Saturday Bath coach Michael Foley revealed Bracken would continue to fight to clear his former club team-mate's name.

"We're confident our appeal will succeed because we feel it was a purely accidental situation, especially with Kyran coming out in the press this week and saying it was accidental," said Foley.

"Kyran has agreed to appear at the hearing and argue in Danny's favour and his involvement could be crucial."

Grewcock is free to play for his club until his appeal is heard and he featured in Saturday's 24-3 defeat at Northampton.

The RFU will appoint a panel to hear his official protest.

Should his appeal fail, the England lock could face a lengthier ban which could jeopardise his chances of playing in the international against New Zealand on 9 November.

Bath, though, are confident his five-week ban will be overturned or, at least, reduced.

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